Okay, I know this happened a few days ago but I don't care. I've had this time to bask in the glow of knowing my boys are back!
Series creator Erik Kripke had a five-year plan for the show, and it played out marvelously. Then writer/producer Sera Gamble took over for I guess what fans have called two rocky, weaker seasons. Still, I stayed loyal and defended the show to the hilt.
Relieved to have the show renewed once again for an amazing eighth season - and a move to Wednesdays from the dreaded Friday night where it resided - and actually thrived (for the CW, anyway). A long summer wait and the premiere was finally here. We had been left with Dean (Jensen Ackles) in Purgatory, Sam (Jared Padalecki) topside and totally alone. I knew a reunion was set within the premiere and I waited with baited breath.
And wasn't elated. I couldn't believe it. And as the season went on, I found I wasn't aching for each new ep, I began picking apart plot points, not loving the stories taking place. Most of all, I missed the brotherly relationship. Oh, they had divided them time and time again, but I never felt the separation more than I did this season.
I realize this may be out of context for many of you, but trust me, the show was not on par with the one I have loved from day one.
But after the winter break, things changed. The last few episodes - including a hilarious reappearance by guest star Felicia Day (she appeared in season 7) - have been great, the pinnacle being "As Time Goes By" which aired Wednesday. It was reminiscent of seasons past, featured a glorious recap with flashes all the way back to season one, a welcome return of patriarch John's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hunter journal, and a revived mythology that kind of lost its way but now sits poised to take us all on a thrilling new path (can't say much more because I have friends/fans that haven't caught up yet).
"Smell you later, bitches!' - Felicia Day's character Charlie in "LARP and the Real Girl."
Supernatural airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW.